I'm The Best Behaved Coach In EPL, Says Jose Mourinho

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The Reds endured a frustrating afternoon at St James' Park and were beaten 1-0 after a second-half victor from Matt Ritchie.

When asked about Newcastle's performance, United boss Mourinho told Sky Sports: "They fought like animals - I hope they take that as a compliment". The 22-year-old is the heartbeat of his side, an incredibly smart footballer capable of controlling the tempo of matches, dictating midfield battles and snuffing out danger before it materialises. I think now it looks like we are going to a different concept of box-to-box.

One exception was Alexis Sanchez and he nearly put them ahead in the 57th minute when he rounded Dubravka before his goal-bound shot was blocked by Florian Lejeune.

Chris Smalling - 5 - Lucky to not give away a penalty in the first half after a dubious challenge on Gayle, while also failing to keep a clean sheet for his side, and picked up a yellow card for a dive in the second half that resulted in Newcastle's goal.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS " Wecould be here for 10 hours and we wouldn't score a goal - that's the feeling.

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"Really you can see the way Alexis was "welcomed" by the opponent!" It's shown in games this season, where the transition from defence to attack has been poor at times, and in big games like Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge or Tottenham Hotspur away at Wembley and Manchester City at home.

But against Newcastle, the 24-year-old was simply very bad, and had to be substituted immediately after the 65th-minute goal by Matt Ritchie.

"To play free of defensive duties, that's not "box to box". Rafa Benitez has despite the well documented lack of support from the board, done a respectable job of keeping Newcastle United above the drop zone and it is vital that they stay in the top flight to not lose momentum again.

The Manchester Evening News report that the only way Newcastle's defenders could stop Chong was to hack him down.

"The players they know there is responsibilities but I am pretty sure you already watch that goal on TV a few times, I didn't". He'll make mistakes like everybody else but he will give you something. "I'm really happy. I think the natural effect is he will have his contract and he'll be a Manchester United player for years". The Brazilian-born Italian is one of the most prolific passers in world football, averaging 94 per game - only compatriot Marco Verratti completes more passes, which also serves to highlight how drastically Italy underperformed in failing to qualify for this summer's World Cup. Leave us a comment below.

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